Powering Potential

Listening and Spoken Language (LSL) makes it possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing to learn to listen and talk, which powers language, literacy, and lifetime success.

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Listening & Spoken Language (LSL)

Learning listening and spoken language (LSL) is possible for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Discover what the LSL approach is, why it matters, and what it takes to teach your child how to listen and talk.

Parents' LSL Journey: Julie Lyles Carr and Mike Carr

HEARING TESTING & DEVICES

It’s important for you to know the hearing status of your baby. If they have hearing loss, there are medical and technological ways to get auditory information through the doorway to your baby’s brain.

Dr. Carol Flexer, a notable audiology thought leader, explains how we hear with our brains and why hearing technology is so important.

LSL Services & Support

After receiving a hearing loss diagnosis and fitting your child with hearing technology, you should continue your listening and spoken language (LSL) journey by seeking early LSL intervention services and building a team of professionals, friends, and family to support you along the way.

Lillian Henderson, Certified LSLS®, shares her perspective on the parent-professional partnership in LSL intervention.

Learning & Growing LSL

The goal of the LSL approach is for your child with hearing loss to develop listening and spoken language skills just like their hearing friends. Discover some of the strategies you can use, how to include LSL techniques in your daily routines, and how to prepare for new life experiences as your child grows.

Meet children with hearing loss speaking for themselves about their hearing devices, their school, and what they love to do!

Listening & Reading Connection

There’s a direct connection between the development of listening and spoken language (LSL) and literacy skills, like reading and writing. By incorporating the listening and reading connection into your baby’s daily life, you can grow their brain for a lifetime of reading and unlimited possibilities.  

Hunter is in second grade with hearing friends. Watch as she participates in reading with her classmates.

Celebrate LSL

Hearing is the foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school. Hearing powers language, literacy, dreams, opportunities, and lifetime success. Hearing powers a child’s potential.

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Mike and Julie talk about their early experience making the decision to pursue LSL for Maesy. Listen as they share how their LSL interventionist helped them set and exceed high expectations for her.

Riley’s mom shares her initial fears as her daughter started mainstream school. Listen as she talks about overcoming those fears through asking questions and finding the right place with supportive teachers for her daughter’s successful transition to school with hearing friends.

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Mission: Probable

Age-Appropriate Listening and Spoken Language Abilities for Children with Hearing Loss

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LSL Life

LSL Life

LSL Life is a new storytelling platform powered by Hearing First that gives families hope and inspiration for their LSL journey. Explore the Stories

Powering Potential Podcast

Powering Potential Podcast

In our new podcast, real families share their fears, struggles, and celebrations as they teach their children with hearing loss to listen and speak. Listen to the Podcast

Connect the Dots

Start with the Brain and Connect the Dots

Supporting children who are deaf or hard of hearing to develop literacy through listening and spoken language. Download the White Paper

Family Support Community

Family Support Community

Share, grow and connect with other families helping their children with hearing loss learn to listen and talk. Join Now

Professional Learning Community

Professional Learning Community

Collaborate with leading LSL professionals to discover new solutions and improve outcomes for children and their families. Join Now

Learning Experiences

Learning Experiences

Advance your learning and earn CEUs wherever you are with an array of Hearing First Learning Experiences. View All Learning Experiences

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Learning Experiences

Learn and earn CEUs on your own time, wherever you are with Hearing First learning experiences! Visit the Learning Experiences Catalog for all available learning opportunities.

Learning Experiences

Learn and earn CEUs on your own time, wherever you are with Hearing First learning experiences! Visit the Learning Experiences Catalog for all available learning opportunities.

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May 16, 2019

Resources for Parents of Toddlers with Hearing Loss

This week, we’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month by highlighting Hearing First resources for parents of toddlers with hearing loss! Keep reading to find handouts, videos, and blogs that will help you as you work with your early interventionist to teach your child with hearing loss to learn to listen and talk with Listening and Spoken Language (LSL).

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May 10, 2019

Resources for Parents of Infants with Hearing Loss

We’re celebrating Better Hearing & Speech Month by highlighting Hearing First resources for parents of infants with hearing loss! Read our blog to find handouts, videos, and blogs that will help you power the listening, talking, and literacy potential for your baby with hearing loss this month and beyond!

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April 24, 2019

Promote Your Child’s Brain Development by Reaching the 40 Million Word Goal

As a parent, you’ve probably heard about the importance of reading books, teaching manners, and singing songs. However, you might not have been told that one of the best ways to build your child’s brain is by talking to them. Learn about the importance of helping your child hear 40 million words by age four, and some of our simple, everyday tips to reach this goal!

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READ MORE ABOUT HEARING FIRST

At Hearing First, we want all children born in the United States to benefit from the availability of newborn hearing screening and for parents to learn the status of their baby’s hearing first. Hearing is a foundational building block for children to learn to listen and talk, become healthy readers, and do well in school.

Today, children who are deaf or hard of hearing can learn to listen and talk and can achieve learning and literacy outcomes on par with their hearing friends. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified, and receiving help, the more opportunities that child will have. We want all children to have the opportunity to take advantage of access to sound – a critical building block for future success. We are dedicated to powering potential.

Want to learn more about what we do?

Download this handout to find out more about our vision and how we’re working to power LSL outcomes for children who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families.